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TNNA Long Beach 2013

Written on February 18, 2013 at 1:25 pm, by Allison

The National Needlearts Association hosted their winter trade show in beautiful and warm  Long Beach, CA.  Our team was there and loved visiting with some of you in our booths.  We hope you enjoyed our newest yarns and garments on display.  For those of you who couldn’t make it to the show this year (hopefully, you entered into our While the Boss is Away at TNNA giveaway), we wanted to share some photos with you.  Yarn shops-be sure to call your sales reps for the most up to date info on what you see.  Knitters & Crocheters-if you see something you must have, call your favorite local yarn shop and make a request. Below you will see great new yarns like Cleo, Linen Concerto, Colorando, The Grignasco Collection, Maria Diaz Collection,  and favorites like Baby Alpaca, Merino Superwash, Galway and Encore.

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Cleo

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Linen Concerto

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Colorando

Just a taste of the Grignasco line of yarns

Just a taste of the Grignasco line of yarns

The Maria Diaz Collection

The Maria Diaz Collection

Plymouth Select Superwash

Plymouth Select Superwash

Galway

Galway

Baby Alpaca Grande

Baby Alpaca Grande

Baby Alpaca Collection

Baby Alpaca Collection

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Encore

Encore

Dick Power and Plymouth Sales Reps Melody and Bonnie.

Dick Power and Plymouth Sales Reps Melody and Bonnie.

Our designer extraordinaire Cia and Deborah from Yarning for You in San Marcos, CA

Our designer extraordinaire Cia and Deborah from Yarning for You in San Marcos, CA

 

 

 

Dk Merino Superwash Baby and Toddler Cardigan

Written on February 15, 2013 at 8:30 am, by Vanessa

Like most knitters, I find top down raglan patterns rewarding and exciting. Not only are you eliminating sewing (thus eliminating the time needed for seaming), you are adding to the joy of watching the knit come together in one piece.

Stripe patterns in top down/seamless raglans are fabulous. You don’t have to purposely match up the stripes as with traditionally knit sweaters since you are working them altogether in one long row. Not to mention- it is a wonderful way to use up those little bits of yarn that are too precious to toss.

I’ve decided to share with you a classic top down raglan for babies and toddlers. I hope the interesting stripe pattern will keep you entertained as you increase along the “seams” and work the body. The garter bands, which stripe differently than the stockinet stitch of the body, give an urban and modern touch.

DK Merino Superwash, little sister to our Worsted Merino Superwash, was my yarn of choice for this because it blocks wonderfully, feels soft next to sensitive skin, and will hold up well to wash and wear for babies and toddlers.

Enjoy!

–Vanessa

DK Merino Superwash Baby and Toddler Cardigan

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To Fit Size: 0-3, (6, 12, 18, 24) months
Approximate Chest Circumference: 22”, (24, 24 ¾, 26, 27)
Length: 12”, (13, 13 ½, 14, 14 ½)
Sleeve Length: 6”, (6 ½, 7 ½, 8, 8½)

Materials:
DK Merino Superwash:
1, (1, 1, 2, 2)—50G skeins, color 1117 Grey
1, (1, 1, 1, 1)—50G skeins, color 1000 White
1, (1, 2, 2, 2)—50G skeins, color 1107 Orange
1, (1, 1, 1, 2)—50G skeins, color 1111 Navy

Gauge:  22 sts, 32 rows= 4” on size 6 needles, 24 sts, 36 rows= 4” in garter stitch on size 4 needles.
Needles/Notions: Size US 4 & 6- 24” circular needle, stitch markers, Stitch holders, size 4 & 6 double points. 3 buttons

Pattern is written for smallest size, with larger sizes in parenthesis. If only one number is given, it applies to all sizes.

Cardigan is worked from the neck down, seamlessly.

Stripe Sequence
10 rows= grey
10 rows= navy
2 rows= white
4 rows- navy
2 rows= white
4 rows= navy
8 rows= orange
2 rows= white
16 rows= orange

Neck
(read through entire directions before proceeding)
With smaller circular needle, begin stripe sequence, Cast on 56, (60, 66, 70, 74) sts.
Work in garter stitch (knit every row) for 6 rows, do not turn on last row. Switch to larger needle. Instead, Cast on 6 sts (front button tab).
Next Row (WS): k6 sts, p7, (8, 9, 10, 11) sts (right front), pm, P11, (11, 12, 12, 12) sts (first sleeve), pm,
p20, (22, 24, 26, 28) sts (back section), pm, p11, (11, 12, 12, 12) sts (second sleeve), pm,
p7, (8, 9, 10, 11) sts (left front), do not turn, instead cast on 6 sts (front tab). 68, (72, 78, 82, 86) sts.
Increase Row (RS): *k to 1 st before m, kf&b, sl m, kf&b; rep from * 3 times more, k to end of row.
(8 sts increased) –76, (80, 86, 90, 94) sts.
Next Row (WS): k6, *p to 1 st before m, pf&b, sl m, pf&b; rep from * 3 times more, p to last 6 sts,
k6. (8 sts increased) –84, (88, 94, 98, 102) sts.
Repeat these last 2 rows 3, (4, 3, 3, 2) times more. (48, (64, 48, 48, 32) sts increased)– 132, (152, 142, 146, 134) sts.
Increase Row (RS): *k to 1 st before m, kf&b, sl m, kf&b; rep from * 3 times more, k to end of row.
(8 sts increased)
Next Row (WS): k6, p to last 6 sts (slipping markers), k6.
Repeat these last 2 rows 10, (10, 12, 13, 15) times more. (88, (88, 104, 112, 128) sts increased)
220, (240, 246, 258, 262) sts.
At the same time when there are 3 garter ridges on the RS of front tab, work buttonhole row on next WS Row:
Buttonhole Row for a girl (WS): k6, pattern to last 6 sts, k2, yo, k2tog, k2.
Buttonhole Row for a boy (WS): k2, k2tog, yo, k2, pattern to last 6 sts, k6.
Repeat the buttonhole row 2 times more, spacing them 4, (4, 5, 5, 6) garter ridges apart (8, (8, 10, 10, 12) rows).

Divide Body
Row 1 (RS): (remove all markers as you get to them) k32, (35, 36, 38, 39) to m,
place next 49, (53, 54, 56, 56) sts onto a holder for sleeve, cast on 2 sts, K58, (64, 66, 70, 72) to m,
place next 49, (53, 54, 56, 56) sts onto a holder for sleeve, cast on 2 sts, K32, (35, 36, 38, 39) to end of row.
126, (138, 142, 150, 154) sts on needle Work in st st, keeping the first and last 6 sts in garter stitch, until body measures 7 ¼”, (8, 8 ¼, 8 ½, 8 ¾) from division, end having worked a RS Row. Switch to smaller circular. Work in garter stitch for 9 rows. Bind off all sts on next row.

Sleeves
(RS facing) Sl the 49, (53, 54, 56, 56) sts from the holder for one sleeve onto larger double points- pick up 2 sts at the underarm. Place a marker at the underarm- in between the picked up sts, for the beginning of the round.
51, (55, 56, 58, 58) sts.
With the appropriate color for the stripe pattern, begin working in st st in the round (knit every round)-
while decreasing 1 st before and after the underarm marker every 3rd, (3rd, 4th, 4th, 4th) round 10, (12, 12, 13, 13) times. 31, (31, 32, 32, 32) sts. Work even until sleeve measures 5”, (5 ½, 6 ½, 7, 7 ½). Switch to garter stitch in the round (purl one round, knit one round), smaller double points, and work 9 rounds. Bind off all sts on next round.
Repeat for the other sleeve.

Finishing
Block to measurements. Sew 3 buttons onto the front. Weave in all ends.

©2013 Plymouth Yarn Company. 020513vle

ABBREVIATIONS:  dec = decrease, inc = increase, k= knit, kf&b= knit into the front and back of stitch, m= marker, pf&b= purl into the front and back of stitch, p= purl, pm= place marker, RS= right side, sl = slip, st(s) = stitch(es), st st= stockinet stitch, tbl = through back loop,  tog = together,  WS = Wrong Side, yo = yarn over, wyif = with yarn in front, wyib = with yarn in back

 


Sharing cute pictures and ideas!

Written on February 13, 2013 at 9:16 am, by Allison

Bonnie Lively, our rep in the Pacific North West, knit this fair isle out of Encore Worsted for her new grandson, Coy.  He’s pretty adorable ( 9 months) and so is the sweater. Graphics were partly invented and partly taken from XRX publication Babies and Toddlers, A Knitter’s Dozen, Fair Isle Fun,
designed by Mags Kandis.
Bonnie Lively Grandson Encore

 

 

 

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While The Boss Is Away Giveaway!

Written on February 1, 2013 at 10:46 am, by Allison

The TNNA show is just about to be under way in beautiful Long Beach, CA. Stop by our booths to meet some of our team.  I am sitting in my office, it’s about 30 degrees out and we are having an icy, snowy mix.  There isn’t any sunshine in the forecast for days.  I see that Long Beach is looking at 72 degrees and sun for today.  Am I angry? No.  Bitter?  Well, no, but I am bitter cold.  Jealous?  Maybe, just a little.  I have decided to work through my frustrations.  It could be your lucky day in the  While The Boss is Away at TNNA Giveaway!  I have a Cleo kit to giveaway like the one in this picture.  *Color may vary

Cleo Kit!

This kit includes everything you need to create this masterpiece.

Pattern 2488, top only

 

One winner will be picked at random from one of our social media spots.  Like, share or comment on our facebook page.  Tell @PlymouthYarn  what you like to do when #thebossisaway on Twitter,  repin us on Pinterest.  Blog comments are not included as “entries” at this time and are disabled.   I’ll be watching all of them because, well, the boss is away! Winner will be announced February 8th.

Treat Yourself! You deserve it!

Written on January 23, 2013 at 4:22 pm, by Cia

Written on January 12th, 2013 by Cia

PHEW! The holidays are over, the pressure to knit something for everyone and their dog  is over. And all of the decorations are put away (well most of them-do you find a straggler when you move about the house-like one over the mirror? Maybe its a sign I should keep it up…)
Now let’s all sit back and figure out a project just for yourself…I KNOW! Take that cash you got from Aunt Anne and Uncle Loren and go buy yourself a skein of Plymouth’s Royal Cashmere.
One skein and you can make this simple but very decadent cowl.  Feather and Fan design at its most basic!

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F485 Royal Cashmere Cowl

Materials: Royal Cashmere-1 hank, 100 gm shown in color# 7531

Gauge:  14 and 28 rows  in Feather and Fan =4”on US size 9 circular needle, or size to obtain gauge.

Needles: US size 9, 16’ circular, 1 stitch marker.

Feather and Fan Stitch (multiples of 12 sts)

Round 1: Knit

Round 2: [k2tog]2 times, *[yo, k1] 4 times, [k2tog] 4 times; rep from * to last 8 sts, [yo, k1] 4 times, [k2tog] 2 times.

Round 3: Purl

Round 4: Knit

Repeat rounds 1-4 to complete pattern stitch.

Directions:

Loosely cast on 72 sts. Place marker and join being careful not to twist the stitches.

When piece measures approximately 9” end on a round 4 or 1.

Bind off as if to purl.

Weave in all ends.

YUM!

©2012 Plymouth Yarn Company. 122812cab

 

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Knitting with Carpal Tunnel

Written on January 9, 2013 at 3:49 pm, by Allison

For those of you that follow my knitting adventures, you may have noticed I’ve been quiet on the blog front lately.  Lucky for me, I have many partners in crime who have great things to tell you about.  But I figured it was time to fess up about my silence.  I have been plagued with a knitter and blogger’s public enemy number one….carpal tunnel! It seems to be a flare up that doesn’t want to be extinguished.   It all came to a head in September when I sat down with my Christmas knitting plans and tried to start my projects.  My cast on to straight needles was okay but before  I got to the second row my hands were numb.  I shook them out and went again, this time after just a couple more stitches, pain  and numbness.  I only managed to get about 6 inches done on my scarf that first night.  Each night thereafter was the same story.  Talk about a labor of love.  Even now when I look at the scarf that never became a gift, it makes my hands hurt.

Due to this problem, this was the first Christmas in at least a decade that everyone did not get a little homemade gift from me.  Christmas just wasn’t the same.  I had hoped the break in knitting would help improve the hands but here I am, typing with numb fingers (please excuse my spelling errors!)

I have found some good tips online and in a few spots so I don’t have to give up my favorite hobby altogether.  I sleep in some very unattractive braces, they look like I can bowl a strike in my sleep. Knitting with them on is difficult too as some of the yarns get stuck in the Velcro.

Maybe someone can make this Diversity pattern (2551) for me to cover up my braces…hint…hint!

Some folks suggested using circular needles and bulky yarns. This is a great idea! I have tried it and using these along with Advil, I can knit a bit more.  My doctor is sending me for what I like like to call “the zapper test” and hopefully with some exercises and physical therapy and I once again blog about my knitting adventures.

Ways to knit safely and avoid injury

Knitting Guru’s Exercises for knitters

Knitty.com blog about this syndrome and arthritis.

I have seen that so many of you are suffering with the same problems and wanted to share some of the links I have found to help ease the stress on your hands and wrists while doing your needlework.  Hopefully I will be back up to snuff soon.  Have you seen some of these new yarns????

Bloom

 

Cleo

I am dying here not being able to play with them like I usually do.

 

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Maria Diaz Maciel

Maria Diaz Helena

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Dreambaby DK Crochet Popcorn Hat

Written on December 14, 2012 at 8:30 am, by Vanessa

Ask any knitter, crocheter, or crafter; the time for quick, last minute gifts is upon us. I’m definitely feeling the pressure!

Many of my friends are having babies, so luckily these gifts tend to be for the little ones. Anyone who has crocheted and knitted can tell you that crocheting is quicker than knitting in most regards.

My popcorn baby hat is crocheted in Dreambaby DK. It is a great gift for the babies in your life, and you’ll be happy to know it can be made lickety-split! Enjoy–Vanessa

Dreambaby DK Crochet Popcorn Hat

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To Fit Size: 0-3, (6-12, 18-24) months
Approx. Hat Circumference: 14 ½”, (16, 18)

Materials:
Plymouth Dreambaby DK:
1, (1, 2)—50G balls, color 137 Brown
Gauge:  17sts, 20 rows = 4” on size US G crochet hook in single crochet (sc),
16 sts in popcorn stitch= 3 ½” on size US G hook.
Needles: Size US G crochet hook, stitch marker

Pattern is written for smallest size, with larger sizes in parenthesis. If only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. Use a marker to help mark the beginning of the round(s).

Begin (starting at the top)
Ch 5. Join with a sl stitch to form a ring.
(OR use the magic loop method to make 11 sc-
http://www.planetjune.com/blog/tutorials/magic-ring-right-handed/  if using this method, skip to round 2)
Round 1: work 11 sc in ring. (11 sc)
Round 2: Work 2 sc in each sc across round to last st, sc in last st. (21 sc)
Round 3: work 1 sc in each sc round. (21 sc)
Round 4: *work 1 sc in each of next 2 sts, work 2 sc in next st; rep from * 6 times more. (28 sc)
Round 5: *1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * 6 times more. (35 sc)
Round 6: *1 sc in each of the next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * 6 times more. (42 sc)
Round 7: *1 sc in each of the next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * 6 times more. (49 sc)
Round 8: *1 sc in each of the next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * 6 times more. (56 sc)
Round 9: *1 sc in each of the next 7 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * 6 times more (63 sc)
0-3 Month size only:
Round 10: 1 sc in each of the next 8 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc to end of round. (64 sc)
6-12 Month and 12-18 Month Size Only:
Round 10: *1 sc in each of the next 8 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * 6 times more. (70 sc)
6-12 Month Size Only:
Round 11: (1 sc in each of the next 9 sts, 2 sc in next st)2x, sc to end of round. (72 sts)
18-24 Month Size Only:
Round 11: *1 sc in each of the next 9 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * 6 times more. (79 sc)
Round 12: 1 sc in each of the next 10 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc to end of round. (80 sc)

All Sizes
Next Round: sc in every sc around. (64, (72, 80) sc)
Begin Popcorn Stitch
Round 1: *work 5 dc in next sc, drop the loop from your hook, insert your hook from front to back under the top 2 loops of the first dc of the group, grab the dropped loop and pull it through the stitch (1 popcorn made), sc in next 3 sts; rep from * around. (16, (18, 20) popcorn sts)
Round 2: sc in every stitch around (popcorn st counts as 1 sc). (64, (72, 80) sc)
Round 3: *2 sc in next 2 sts, work popcorn stitch (work 5 dc in next sc, drop the loop from your hook, insert your hook from front to back under the top 2 loops of the first dc of the group, grab the dropped loop and pull it through the stitch (1 popcorn made), 1 sc in next st; rep from * around. (16, (18, 20) popcorn sts)
Round 4: sc in every stitch around (popcorn st counts as 1 sc). (64, (72, 80) sc)
Repeat the last 4 rounds for popcorn pattern.
When hat measures 3”, (3 ½, 4 ¼) from beginning of popcorn stitch, end having worked a sc round. (Approximately 8, (9, 11) layers of popcorn will have been made). Work 4 rounds of sc. Work 1 round of backward crochet firmly. Cut yarn, fasten off, and weave in all ends.

©2012 Plymouth Yarn Company. 121212vle

ABBREVIATIONS:  ch= chain, dc= double crochet, dec = decrease, inc = increase, M= marker, RS= right side, sc= single crochet, sl = slip, st(s) = stitch(es), tbl = through back loop,  tog = together,  WS = Wrong Side, yo = yarn over, wyif = with yarn in front, wyib = with yarn in back

 

 

Last Minute Gift Ideas

Written on December 7, 2012 at 10:13 am, by Allison

I’m sure everyone is busy with trimming, blocking, weaving ends in, and joining their seams by now.  Knitters and crocheters never wait until December to make gifts…..right? HA!

 

So my mom’s shawl is made as well as the socks for my brother but here I am, December 7th,  just remembering all the folks I forgot.  It’s easy to overlook when our days are so hectic.  I have so many people in my life who’s small actions make things run smoothly.  Of course I remember my son’s teacher, but there’s the really sweet, part-time aide who always saves him a chocolate milk at lunch.  If you’re a mom, you know it’s important to have people be good to your kids.  The holidays are the perfect time to let them know how special they are.

This is where I thank my lucky starts for our line of ruffle yarns! One night, one skein in most cases, one aide remembered!  I wanted to share some links for the patterns I’ll be using from Ravelry.  Call your yarn shop and get a ball today!

Joy Prism Scarf

Scandalicious Scarf

Joy Metallic Scarf

Passion Fur Scarf

and for the men in your life, a neck warmer published by Knitty Keen…

Encore Worsted Neck Warmer

 

Crochet Magazine Winter 2012 Cover!

Written on November 30, 2012 at 8:30 am, by Allison

Check out the upcoming issue of Interweave Crochet Winter 2012/2013, online edition release date is November 30th and you will see it on newsstands December 18th.

On the cover, you will see the Ghost Cone Scarf  by Sue Perez using Grignasco Champagne: #306, 6 skeins. Champagne is 75% pure new extrafine superwash merino wool and 25% mulberry silk.  It’s 100% gorgeous and elegant,  it’s the perfect yarn for this project.

Photo by Harper Point Photography.

Call your yarn shop today to reserve your copy and to see the beautiful line of Grignasco yarns available.

Grignasco Camel Hair Headband

Written on November 29, 2012 at 8:30 am, by Cia

Winter is coming!

I haven’t lived in these climates since 1994 when my husband and I packed up the kids and moved south!  BRRR! This little headband or neckwarmer is a fun little 1-2 hour project made with Grignasco’s Camel Hair.  You can actually make 2 from the 2 balls of yarn-obviously they are mirror images of colorway, but hey! You get 2 out of it.

I also see this as a nice and easy way to test your skills on Fair Isle or 2 color knitting.  You only have 13 rows to deal with changing colors, and you are working in the round. No need to struggle with your tension expertise on that purl row!

Have fun with picking color combos, and get some holiday gifts done in the meantime.

Enjoy!  Cia

Pattern F479

SNOWFLAKE HEADBANDS

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Approx. Finished Measurements: 21” x 4.5”

Materials: Grignasco Camel Hair

2 balls (1 ball of Main Color, and 1 ball of Contrasting Color)

Gauge: 18 sts = 4” in Stockinette Stitch on size 8 needles

Needles: Size US 8 (16”) circular knitting needle,

(1) Stitch Marker, Tapestry Needle.

 

 

 

Directions:

With Main Color (MC), loosely cast on 96 sts. Join in the round making sure to not twist the sts.

Place marker to indicate beginning. Knit 8 rounds.

Row 9: With MC and Contrasting Color (CC) Beg motif following chart working MC and CC colors as indicated on the graph.

When 13 rows of graph have been completed, work 8 rounds with MC. Bind off loosely.

 

Weave in all ends.

 

 

 

 

KEY (Repeat 15 sts x 13 rows)

Black Square =Main Color

White Square=Contrasting Color

Start with St # 1 and repeat between St # 2 and St # 16.

©2012 Plymouth Yarn Company. 110412cab